Concentration Week: Getting to Know Them & How They Can Work For You!

Interpersonal/Organizational Communication

Concentration Week: Getting to Know Them & How They Can Work For You!

When you’re choosing a major, you want to make sure that the major you choose is something you enjoy and is something with which you can earn a living after graduation! 

A major in Communication will give you both of those!  There are so many things you can do with a COMM major, it’s going to be hard to decide exactly what!  This week’s short series will look at each of the five concentrations by telling you what it is, what you’ll study, and what kinds of jobs you can get after graduation!  We’ll also give you the concentration coordinator’s contact information so you can ask the more questions!  Please make it a point to reach out to Phil Wilkerson, in Career Services.  He is an excellent resource for internships, jobs, and grad school information.

Today we’ll take a look at the Interpersonal/Organizational Communication (IOC) concentration. This is where Communication scholars study communication between two or more people.  Perhaps it’s in a family setting, a classroom setting, a board room, or a group of friends.  Maybe it’s at a volunteer activity, a political rally, or in a health setting.  Wherever people interact, this interests those who study interpersonal and organizational communication.

Those in IOC will look at both verbal and non-verbal communication, behavior and information-management, face-to-face interaction, and computer-mediated communication.  Classes in the concentration include COMM 301 (Relational Communication Theory), COMM 335 (Organizational Communication), COMM 332 (Nonverbal Communication), COMM 304 (Foundations of Health Communication), COM 334 (Family & Health Communication), COMM 367 (Children & the Media), COMM 401 (Interpersonal communication in the Workplace), COMM 430 (Persuasion), and COMM 440 (Ceremonial Speech Writing & Performance).  Here is a link to our Concentration Folder (  Of course, there are other classes and more information about this concentration that you can find here:  IOC Concentration 2020-2021  The Concentration Coordinator is Dr. Anne Nicotera,  She’ll be happy to answer your questions!

There are numerous jobs you can obtain with a degree that focuses on IOC.  In a quick review, I found almost 200 words/phrases, but will not list them all here.  Think about jobs that involve direct contact with people in some capacity and you’ll be well on your way.  I’ve put a list of careers at the end of this article for your perusal.

Studying Communication is exciting and as you read through the posts this week, you’ll discover that much of what you read will cross over into other concentrations here at Mason.  Think about how a major or a minor in Communication will help set YOU on a path to success!

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Careers for Someone Who Studies Interpersonal/Organizational Communication

  • Activism
  • Alumni coordinator
  • Business manager
  • Career and training adviser
  • Child welfare worker
  • Climate change communication
  • College admissions counselor
  • College recruiter
  • Community building
  • Community relations director
  • Crisis manager
  • Developmental officer
  • Diversity consultant
  • Employee relations representative
  • Executive communications strategist
  • Fundraiser
  • Gallery manager/owner
  • Government relations officer
  • Health services manager
  • Hospital volunteer membership coordinator
  • Human resource administrator
  • Human rights officer
  • Impression management specialist
  • International student coordinator
  • Labor negotiator
  • Law firm recruiter
  • Litigation
  • Lobbyist
  • Mediation specialist
  • Membership drive manager
  • Minister
  • Motivational speaker
  • Multicultural specialists
  • Museum curator
  • Negotiator
  • Nonprofit organization director
  • Patient rights advocate
  • Political activist
  • Prosecution
  • Public Advocacy
  • Public information specialist
  • Public opinion researcher
  • Recreation coordinator and supervisor
  • Reputation management specialist
  • Residential housing director
  • Social Support
  • Special events coordinator
  • Student activities director
  • Theater manager
  • University information specialist
  • Volunteer coordinator